The White Sox added five players to the team's 40-man roster Tuesday, thus protecting them from being selected in December's Rule 5 Draft. The contracts of outfielder Jared Mitchell, catcher Josh Phegley, left-hander Santos Rodriguez and right-handers Andre Rienzo and Charlie Shirek were purchased, leaving the White Sox with 39 players on their 40-man roster.
Players are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if they are not on a team's 40-man roster and have been in the organization for four or more years (that number increases to five or more if a player was signed before age 18). Mitchell and Phegley were the team's first and second-round picks in 2009, while Rienzo, a native of Brazil, just completed his fourth year with the organization. Rodriguez joined the White Sox in 2009 as part of the return from Atlanta for Javier Vazquez, while Shirek has been part of the White Sox farm system since 2007.
Mitchell hit .237.358.420 with 11 home runs and 21 steals between Double-A and Triple-A in 2012, although his progress remained stunted by a high strikeout total (179 in 130 games). Phegley, who battled a blood disease for most of his career in the Sox system, hit .266.306.373 in 102 games for Triple-A Charlotte while throwing out 46 percent of attempted base-stealers.
Rienzo, who wrapped up a stint in the Arizona Fall League early to join team Brazil's successful World Baseball Classic bid, compiled a 2.53 ERA with 113 strikeouts and 42 walks over 103 13 innings between Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A in 2012. The 24-year-old was suspended 50 games in April for violating Minor League Baseball's drug treatment and prevention program.
Rodriguez, a hard-throwing lefty reliever, struck out 69 in 71 13 innings between Birmingham and Charlotte. And the 27-year-old Shirek enjoyed some success at Triple-A, posting a 3.65 ERA with 117 strikeouts and only 29 walks in 170 13 innings in 2012.
With only one open spot on the 40-man roster, the White Sox would have to designate a player or two for assignment to add multiple pieces in the offseason via free agency.
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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The White Sox have a pair of relievers to dangle and have become increasingly busier with two of three free-agent closers off the board.
Prior to leaving the Winter Meetings on Thursday, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was asked if a pool of relievers including closer David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones had drawn much interest.
Having already traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, it’s believed the White Sox are willing to part with most anyone if the price is right. It sounds as if that possibility has improved after the Yankees’ late night signing of Aroldis Chapman on Wednesday, two days after the San Francisco Giants signed Mark Melancon. With only Kenley Jansen still left in free agency and due a big salary, Robertson, who has two years and $25 million left on his deal, could solve several teams’ relief needs. Jones is also a draw with potentially five years left on his current team-friendly deal, which includes two club options and one mutual option for 2021.
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“We’ve had a lot of interesting conversations on a number of different fronts involving are players,” Hahn said. “And yes, we still have reliever pieces and starting pieces that are appealing to various teams throughout the league. I don’t think anything is going to happen between now and the time I go pick up my bags and head to the airport. But still thoroughly engaged, deeply engaged on a number of different fronts.”
Despite adding five pitchers and two position players through their first two moves, the White Sox still have a long list of desires. That list potentially includes a long-term starting catcher and another big bat among others.